Hyperfov

Tools for exploring the internet with greater speed and dexterity.

Our tools for engaging with the web are based on information. Hyperfov provides a way to explore based on links, not content.

We need a way to see nothing but a website's links and structure.

A website's links are buried in pages of content and obscured by vague hypertext. Who knows where a link leads? Is it relevant? A waste of time? The most interesting website you'll visit all week?

Considering most pages have a great many links, this lack of context slows down browsing and makes it easier to miss the links that are worth exploring. This on top of the persistent nuisance of interacting with popups, distracting signup buttons, and cookie banners that fill the landscape of the modern web.

We need a new way to see how a website is situated without needing to fully focus on each page. A method that takes the same amount of effort as skimming a page but with the many possible new directions to go that a full read of a page yields.

Hyperfov provides a visual bird's eye view of a website and everywhere it links to, so you can better understand a website's content and find new directions to explore.

We need a way to browse between websites non-linearly.

Since the very first internet browsers, there's only been one way to navigate between pages. Click a link, and the new page fills the browser. Click another link and the process repeats. One page at a time, one after another.

But we don't think like this. We hold the pages we've already visited in memory, a kind of a history that gives context to where we are now. As we continue to browse, cognitive load increases, eventually we forget all but the first and last couple of pages that brought us to the present page.

We need a way to offload this effort by providing a visual representation of history while also showing the many branches of exploration that naturally arise over the course of browsing.

Hyperfov creates "trails" as you browse, so you can see exactly how you got to the page you're on.

We need a better way to discover new websites and explore the internet.

The primary way we find new websites is by typing a query into the Big G. It yields results from everywhere around the internet, optimizing for some obscure notion of quality, and even what the searcher would find most engaging.

Search engines are designed to place information first, both as the goal of a search and the content that's returned. Due to the massive amount of information on the internet, a search engine is an inherently complicated system who's internal workings are made opaque to those that use it.

We need simpler, more understandable systems that aren't optimized for engagement or even accuracy. Rather than finding information, we need systems that help us find new directions that stimulate our curiosity. A system for exploratory queries, not informational ones.

Hyperfov is a system for finding links that reveal new directions to explore.

Hyperfov is being built.

I want this system, so I'm building it. Send me an email if you want to talk or come watch Hyperfov take shape.

CB, March 2021.